CALI CONFLICT PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1
Ducks now trail nemesis Kings in Stanley Cup championships
THE HONDA CENTER in Anaheim and Staples Center in Los Angles are just 30 miles apart, but there’s nothing neighborly about the relationship between the Ducks and the Kings. The rivalry between all three California teams is well documented, and you could make a case the blood feud between the San Jose Sharks and Ducks is equally intense as the Anaheim-Los Angeles squabble.
But the geographic proximity, not to mention the Ducks and Kings facing each other in the second round of the 2014 playoffs, makes this a compelling rivalry. It took a long time to get that way. In the first 16 years of Anaheim’s existence (1993-94 to 2009-10), not once did the
Ducks and Kings qualify for the playoffs in the same season. But since 2010-11, they’ve both been part of the post-season three times, finally playing each other this past May. Racheting up the dislike is the fact Anaheim no longer is the only California team to win the Cup. The Ducks now trail the Kings 2-1.
The two teams meet Nov. 12, Nov. 15, Jan. 17, Feb. 27 and March 18.